Historian Craig L. Symonds uncovers how major battles from Dunkirk to Normandy and indelible figures including self-proclaimed “Navy men” Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were shaped and influenced by one of the most unforgiving and ever-changing battlefields of the Second World War: the ocean.
Craig L. Symonds is Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College and author of World War II at Sea: A Global History.
Bestselling author Chris Matthews illuminates the personal and political life of Robert F. Kennedy, uncovering how his moral conscience, ability to bring Americans together, and political leadership shaped American history.
Presented in anticipation of the exhibition Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, historian John Maurer explores the decisive role played by Franklin D. Roosevelt as commander-in-chief in leading the United States to victory over Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan during the Second World War.
Alexander Hamilton has gone from forgotten Founding Father to 21st-century celebrity. As intelligent as he was controversial, Hamilton played a key role in shaping the America we know today. Preeminent Founding-era scholars shed light on one of America’s most divisive figures, from his meteoric rise to his scandalous final years.
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Clint Watts made headlines when he testified in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. Join the former FBI Special Agent as he uncovers the consequences of fake news, terrorism, and foreign interference and what can be done to counter those threats—the subject of his new book Messing with the Enemy.
Alexander Hamilton has recently become a celebrity of the Revolutionary era, but much of this Founding Father’s life and story remains unknown. Historian Andrew Porwancher and Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik discuss the emerging evidence and historical debate surrounding Hamilton’s roots—suggesting the iconic American figure may have been Jewish.
Eminent legal experts survey the evolution of the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretations of the 14th Amendment—in commemoration of its 150th anniversary—and civil rights throughout American history, highlighting landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education.
North Vietnam’s 1968 Tet Offensive was the single most important event of the Vietnam War. Historians shed light on its history 50 years later—uncovering how the offensive served only to prolong the fighting in Vietnam and its larger influence over the global Cold War.
During the Civil War, Missouri and Kentucky—the slave-holding Border States dividing North and South—became major battlegrounds, not only for formal combat but also for violent political discord, martial law, governments in exile, and “bushwhackers”—perpetrators of guerrilla warfare that included the Missouri pro-Confederate group, Quantrill’s Raiders. Leading Civil War experts discuss the contentious region’s greater impact on the course of the war and the path to reunion and emancipation.